Life ban for Nottinghamshire dumbbell attack teacher

Peter Harvey
Image caption Harvey was found not guilty of attempted murder

A Nottinghamshire science teacher who attacked a 14-year-old pupil with a dumbbell has been banned from teaching for life.

Peter Harvey, 51, was provoked by pupils during a lesson in July 2009 when they called him a "psycho".

He lost control and hit the teenager with the 3kg (6.6lb) weight while shouting "die, die, die".

A General Teaching Council (GTC) committee in Birmingham has banned him from teaching for life.

Mr Harvey was fired after admitting the attack at All Saints' Roman Catholic School in Mansfield but was cleared of attempted murder or intending to cause serious harm.

He was given a two-year community order at Nottingham Crown Court in May 2010 after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm without intent.

The judge described him as "a decent man" but added that he suffered from "depression, stress and a serious lack of confidence".

It emerged during the four-day trial that pupils were trying to wind up Harvey so his reaction could be caught on a camcorder being used secretly by a girl in the class.

The footage was then to be passed around the school as a way of "humiliating" him.

The married father-of-two was sacked from the school, where he had worked since 1993, for gross misconduct.

'Fundamentally incompatible'

The GTC decision said: "There is no doubt that prior to this incident Mr Harvey was a highly respected teacher having taught in the school for 17 years."

The committee said Mr Harvey accepted he will not be able to teach again.

"Mr Harvey's behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with being a registered teacher and therefore the only appropriate and proportionate sanction is a prohibition order," it said.

The boy suffered a fractured skull.

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